Beekeeper buzzing over award

Putake Honey co-owner and beekeeper Renee de Luca in her element, servicing some of the hives on a farm in the Waihopai Valley.

Marlborough beekeeper is still buzzing over her win at this year's Enterprising Rural Women Awards.

Record grape harvest

Marlborough grape growers will pocket an estimated $64m more this year than in 2013.

An extra 1.4 million litres

Fonterra southern operations manager Richard Gray in front of the Edendale plant’s $150 million upgrade building site, which will increase production by 1.4 million litres a day when completed.

One of Southland's biggest industries is on track to have a roof shout before Christmas.

King Salmon ordered to pay

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Environmental groups have won a costs argument against NZ King Salmon in the Supreme Court.

A wearer of many hats

LEADING ROLE: Federated Farmers president William Rolleston.

As befits a man of science, William Rolleston picks his words with precision.

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opinion

Farm cadet scheme needed

Federated Farmers Waikato president Chris Lewis.

OPINION: The conversation around agri-education has stepped up a gear.

The end of the line

There are few absolutes in modern marketing, but when you hear anyone starting to simplistically talk about above and below the line, It's time to walk away.

It's all about the community

More than one 'drongo'

dairy

An extra 1.4 million litres

Fonterra southern operations manager Richard Gray in front of the Edendale plant’s $150 million upgrade building site, which will increase production by 1.4 million litres a day when completed.

One of Southland's biggest industries is on track to have a roof shout before Christmas.

US eyes Kiwi dairy export markets

Mega herds of more than 2000 cows in the United States are a competitive threat to Kiwi dairy farmers.

KIWI AS: The cow with its kiwi marking at a Tasman lifestyle block.

A bird in the herd

A cow with a distinctive kiwi-shaped marking on its forehead has been spotted on a Tasman lifestyle block.

beef

Prized cup win emotional

BEST BEEF: Andrew Stokes from Sinai Angus stud in Oxford won the Meat & Wool Cup, the top beef cattle competition class with their seven year old cow and 2 month old bull calf, at the Canterbury A&P Show in Christchurch.

The emotion caught up with the Stokes family after their angus cow and calf won the top cattle silverware at the Canterbury A&P Show.

Beef, lamb boon for NZ

Sheep and beef farmers are achieving better prices than their dairy counterparts this season - but don't expect them to celebrate.

YOUNG JUDGE: Nancy Crawshaw with her mentor Bruce Alexander from Waimate during cattle judging at the Canterbury A&P Show in Christchurch.

Delight in beating Aussies

The sledge-free zone of the cattle ring at the Canterbury A&P Show was a nice break from the barracking young judge Nancy Crawshaw got in Australia.

Sheep

Rustlers across region

Ashhurst farmer David Searle, who had some sheep killed and stolen from his property.

Demand for black-market Christmas dinners could be behind a rash of livestock thefts, police say.

Sheep slaughter riles

After six sheep were stolen and three more left slaughtered on roadside, David Searle's had enough.

SUCCESSFUL SALE: Southland sheep farmer Blair Robertson has sold some rams to Uruguay.

Rams sold to Uruguay

Southland romney rams have that X factor.

cropping

US demand for $2 apples

NEW VARIETY: Andy McGrath, from McGrath Nurseries, with his new apple variety, Plumac.

A fruit nursery expects to sell a unique apple variety to the United States market for $2 per apple.

Stink Bug spotted in NZ

A pest known as the Yellow Spotted Stink Bug has been spotted in a South Island garden.

COUNTING THE COST: Enza operations manager Steve Moriarty with collapsed hail nets at the Riwaka apple orchards.

Hail 'unlikely to dent outlook'

Although Motueka's severe hailstorm was devastating for orchardists, the national impact will be slight because the affected area was relatively small.

agribusiness

Record grape harvest

Marlborough grape growers will pocket an estimated $64m more this year than in 2013.

A wearer of many hats

As befits a man of science, William Rolleston picks his words with precision.

Dry weather has seen South Canterbury's rivers reach "exceptional" lows, such as the Orari river.

Low river levels concern

Dry weather has seen South Canterbury's rivers reach "exceptional" lows.

Discovery

Keen to eradicate lepto

THE TEAM: Researchers looking into the impacts on people and animals of leptospirosis, from left, Dr Julie Collins-Emerson, Professor Peter Wilson , Professor Cord Heuer, Dr Jackie Benschop from the Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences, at Massey University.

New Zealand scientists are passionate about their part in world-leading research into the debilitating disease leptospirosis.

Leptospirosis in people video

A look in more detail about the disease of Leptospirosis in people.

An introduction to Leptospirosis.

Introduction to Leptospirosis video

A introduction to the disease of Leptospirosis.

rural women

Beekeeper buzzing over award

Putake Honey co-owner and beekeeper Renee de Luca in her element, servicing some of the hives on a farm in the Waihopai Valley.

A Marlborough beekeeper is still buzzing over her win at this year's Enterprising Rural Women Awards.

Developing women in dairying

A pilot programme to develop the skills and confidence of dairy women to influence and lead positive change in their businesses and communities begins this month.

Ian Wellington, of agricultural contractors Ken G Moratti Ltd, hopes the Inglewood farmer whose silage he wrapped in pink plastic to promote awareness of breast cancer doesn’t mind the change in colour from the usual light green.

Silage gets a pink makeover

Through no fault of his own a Taranaki farmer has become the proud owner of dozens of pretty pink silage bales.

Video

Petrol boss u-turn

Petrol stations have have been ordered by their bosses to stop billing workers when customers do a runner.

advice

Safety leadership urged

Quad bike, 4wd

Farm owners told they have to set examples for workers to follow if they are to establish a successful on-farm health and safety policy.

Succession is a serious business

Leave the sentiment out of planning the handover of a farm to a new generation, a succession planner advises.

Ready to sign

'Do your homework first'

Farmers need to know what they are taking on when signing sharemilking agreements.

aquaculture

King Salmon ordered to pay costs

Court generic NZ

Environmental groups have won a costs argument against NZ King Salmon in the Supreme Court.

Jones fishing in deep waters

Shane Jones has disappeared from political life, now he's a heavyweight in a multibillion-dollar industry.

Tassal's profits were up 23%.

Producer chases Asian markets

A salmon producer is diversifying after a year of near-record high exchange rates.

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